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Holistic Medicine for Your Pet

Holistic Medicine & Pet CareToday, pet owners have access to an unprecedented level of veterinary care through a wide variety of medical approaches and resources. Pete, a 9-year-old basenji-corgi mix, was diagnosed with Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia and, despite his low chance of survival, endured for two years after diagnosis. His treatment included strong medication, weekly testing, and alternative therapies, combining care from veterinarians specializing in emergency care, conventional medicine, and holistic medicine.

Many pet owners are taking the approach of holistic care, combining conventional and alternative care to complement one another and provide the best care for their pet. Some of the most common claims we see from our policyholders include:

  • Supplements
  • Rehabilitative therapy
  • Acupuncture

How Holistic Medicine Helped Treat Pete’s Anemia

This was the case for Pete’s family. Because of his age, everyone agreed that it was best to continue conventional medication while adding supplements to his diet and alternative therapies to his treatment regimen to keep him comfortable.

All of the options available to Pete contributed to his survival. Throughout the course of Pete’s illness, he was insured with Trupanion. His owner submitted over $15,170 in claims and we covered $11,051 of the bill. Pete’s owner accounts their ability to continue treatment to the financial coverage, and without the treatment, Pete would not have survived as long as he did. Read more about Pete’s story here.

Are Alternative Therapies Covered By the Trupanion Pet Insurance Policy?

The Trupanion plan offers an optional coverage package called the Recovery and Complementary Care Rider. This package covers the following specialized procedures to give your pet the well-being he or she needs:

  • Physical therapy for canines: A set of techniques adapted from from human physical therapy to improve and rehabilitate the mobility of your dog’s muscles and joints.
  • Veterinary Acupuncture: Originally used on animals in veterinary practices in China, acupuncture is used on pets to help treat various ailments. By inserting needles into targeted points of your pet’s body, the technique is designed to support healing and wellness. This method of treatment can also help treat anything from Inflammatory Bowel Disease to lameness.
  • Canine Hydrotherapy: Similar to hydrotherapy techniques used on humans, canine hydrotherapy can be used to treat conditions related to post-operative and pre-operative procedures. It’s also ideal for treating osteoarthritis, orthopedic conditions, neurological conditions, as well as muscle, ligament, and other soft tissue injuries.
  • Animal Chiropractic: A specialized field of pet health care that focuses on improving the neurological, muscular and skeletal health of your pet.
  • Behavioral Modification and Therapy: A field of pet health care that applies the principles of Operant Conditioning to reduce unwanted behaviors in your pet. These principles include Reinforcement, Extinction, Punishment and Positive Reinforcement.
  • Veterinary Homeopathy: A system for treating diseases in pets that focuses on administering small doses of a drug that stimulates the immune system and promotes self-healing.
  • Animal Naturopathy: A field of alternative pet health that focuses on natural remedies to achieve balance between nutrition, exercise and diet for your dog or cat.

With this add-on, you can take advantage of these holistic veterinary options for your dog or cat. If you’re looking for more information about pet insurance and the coverage Trupanion provides, visit our Pet Insurance FAQ page!

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